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Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?
  • Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Philosophy of Religion, William Lane Craig and Sam Harris met for the first time in April of 2011 to tackle the question, “Are the foundations of morals natural or supernatural?” Dr. Craig argues ontologically, asserting that theism alone provides an objective standard for the existence of morality. His investigation highlights the flaws in naturalism and atheism, pointing out that morality is only possible when free will exists, and cannot arise from mere biological imperative. Harris grounds his arguments in utilitarianism, suggesting that moral values result from human evolution and the practices of popular culture. For Harris, the question of good and evil comes down to the human mind, and the experience of pleasure versus misery, relegating morality to a matter of perception.

The Best of William Lane Craig Debate Collection Volume 1
  • Volume 1: 1) Christopher Hitchens - Does God Exist? Biola University 2) John Shelby Spong - Resurrection Debate: Bethel College, Indiana 3) Peter Atkins - What is the Evidence for/against the Existence of God? Carter Center, Atlanta 4) Gerd Ludemann - Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Boston College 5) Victor Stenger - Existence of God? Oregon State University 6) Jamal Badawi - Concept of God in Islam and Christianity: University of Illinois.

The Best of William Lane Craig Debate Collection Volume 2
  • Volume 2: 7) Lewis Wolpert - Is God a Delusion? Central Hall Westminster, London 8) Frank Zindler - Atheism vs. Christianity: Willow Creek Church, Chicago 9) Marcus Borg - Did Jesus Physically Rise from the Dead? University of North Texas 10) Austin Dacey - Does God Exist? Purdue University, Indiana 11) Francisco Ayala - Intelligent Design: Is It Viable? University of Indiana 12) Bart Ehrman - Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? College of the Holy Cross , Mass.

The Best of William Lane Craig Debate Collection Volumes 1 & 2
  • 2 Boxed sets of twelve of Dr. Craig's top debates, picked by Dr. Craig himself, with philosophers, scientists, and biblical scholars on a wide variety of issues. See the arguments in action against biblical Christianity's top critics!

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William Lane Craig vs Christopher Hitchens: Enhanced Does God Exist? Debate DVD
  • On April 4, 2009, William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens met at Biola University to debate the question of God's existence. In front of an overflow crowd and a global internet audience, they debated the origin and design of the universe, the implications of human morality, the deity of Jesus, and the validity of Christ's resurrection. It was a compelling clash of worldviews and an examination of the major arguments for and against Christianity and atheism.

    This two-DVD set captures every moment of the debate (documented by 10 cameras). Bonus features include the pre-debate press conference, a question and answer session, and interviews with Craig and Hitchens. Does God Exist is a vital resource for anyone who doubts the Christian faith, or seeks convincing evidence to defend it.

William Lane Craig vs. A.C. Grayling: "Belief in God Makes Sense in Light of Tsunamis"
  • Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is the most prestigious debating society in the world, within whose walls British prime ministers and heads of the state have argued their views. On the evening of April 28, 2005, the Union sponsored this unusual debate between the American Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and Oxford University's own A.C. Grayling, a distinguished philosopher and man of letters famous in Great Britain for his vociferous secularism. Decide for yourself whether belief in God can be rationally maintained in the face of terrible suffering.

William Lane Craig vs. Andrew Pyle: "Does the Christian God Exist?"
  • This debate in the awe-inspiring Great Hall of the University of Bristol in England is unusual in that Dr. Pyle came thoroughly prepared to contest Dr. Craig's arguments for the Christian God. The result is a scrappy and substantive exchange on the issues, followed by a serious Question and Answer time with the large audience.

William Lane Craig vs. Antony Flew: "Does God Exist?"
  • A debate before 4,000 students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on the 50th anniversary of the famous Russell-Copleston BCC radio debate, re-examining the arguments for and against the existence of God.

William Lane Craig vs. Arif Ahmed: "Is Belief in God More Reasonable than Disbelief?"
  • Cambridge University was the site of the third debate in Dr. Craig's European Apologetics Network 2005 speaking tour. He takes on Cambridge University's young and sometimes caustic atheist philosopher Arif Ahmed.

William Lane Craig vs. Austin Dacey: "The Ultimate Debate: Does God Exist? Rematch"
  • A year after their debate at Purdue University, Drs. Craig and Dacey met for a rematch at Cal State University in Fresno. This debate advances the discussion in their previous encounter and reflects their further thinking on the issues.

William Lane Craig vs. Austin Dacey: "The Ultimate Debate: Does God Exist?"
  • Three and a half thousand people gathered in the Elliott Hall of Music on the campus of Purdue University to witness this intellectual collision of two major competing worldviews in American culture: Christianity and secular humanism. In this debate the young atheist humanist Austin Dacey takes on William Lane Craig.

William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman: "Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?"
  • A debate with an influential ex-evangelical focusing on Ehrman's claim that a miraculous event like the resurrection of Jesus is so improbable that no historian could ever justifiably adopt such an explanation of the fate of Jesus of Nazareth. Dr. Craig exposes two critical mistakes in Ehrman's reasoning which he calls "Ehrman's Egregious Error" and "Bart's Blunder."

William Lane Craig vs. Bruce Russell: "The Ultimate Debate: Does God Exist?"
  • A debate with an atheist philosopher before the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point focusing on the problem of innocent suffering and the positive evidence of God's reality.

William Lane Craig vs. Christopher Hitchens: "Does God Exist?"
  • Dr. Craig takes on one of the "four horsemen" of the New Atheism in this celebrated encounter moderated by radio personality Hugh Hewitt. Nearly 10,000 people attended this debate in person, while countless more watched it live at sites in 35 states and four foreign countries. One atheist blogger's summary of the debate: "Frankly, Craig spanked Hitchens like a foolish child."

    This dialogue with a long-time critic of the kalam cosmological focuses entirely on that argument. The result is a friendly, substantive discussion of almost all aspects of that argument. This is a must for fans and critics of the kalam cosmological argument!

William Lane Craig vs. Eric Dayton: "Do Evil and Suffering Disprove God?"
  • A poignant debate at the University of Saskatchewan on whether the apparently pointless evil and suffering in the world make atheism the rationally superior worldview.

William Lane Craig vs. Felmon Davis: "Christianity vs. Secular Humanism"
  • The case for Christianity contrasted with the crucial shortcomings of the worldview of secular humanism.

William Lane Craig vs. Francisco Ayala: "Is Intelligent Design Viable?"
  • This debate during the University of Indiana's celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of the Species pits Dr. Craig against one of the world's most eminent evolutionary biologists. The debate carefully differentiates different senses of "evolution," explores the explanatory mechanisms alleged to account for evolutionary change, and examines the typical objections to a design inference in biology, including the presence of sub-optimal designs in nature and the problem of animal suffering.

William Lane Craig vs. Frank Zindler: "Atheism vs. Christianity: Where Does the Evidence Point?"
  • A classic debate before nearly 8,000 people at Willow Creek Community Church pitting Dr. Craig against the foremost representative of American Atheists.

William Lane Craig vs. Garrett Hardin: "Christianity vs. Scientific Naturalism"
  • A debate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, giving positive case for supernaturalism with a pointed critique of scientific naturalism as an adequate worldview.

William Lane Craig vs. George Williamson: "Does God Exist?"
  • In this debate at the University of Saskatchewan the Canadian philosopher George Williamson attempts to turn back the force of Dr. Craig's several arguments for theism while offering several arguments for the truth of atheism.

William Lane Craig vs. Gerd Lüdemann: "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?"
  • A debate at Boston College with the leading German critic of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, contrasting the explanatory adequacy of the Resurrection Hypothesis with Lüdemann's Hallucination Hypothesis.

William Lane Craig vs. Gerd Lüdemann: "The Resurrection of Jesus: History or Hallucination?"
  • A debate between Drs. Craig and Lüdemann at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, discussing the popular topic, "Was Jesus' Resurrection a Historical Fact or a Contrived Event?"

William Lane Craig vs. Hector Avalos: "The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?"
  • In this spirited debate before 3,000 Iowa State University students on the historical veracity of the resurrection of Jesus, Dr. Craig challenges Religious Studies Prof. Hector Avalos' determined efforts to undermine the faith of students in his classes.

William Lane Craig vs. J. S. Spong: "The Great Resurrection Debate"
  • Nothing is more central to the Christian doctrine than the reality of Christ’s resurrection. In this debate, several religious leaders discuss whether the resurrection was a real, physical event. Presented by Church Communication Network (CCN).

William Lane Craig vs. Jamal Badawi: "The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity"
  • A friendly exchange at the University of Illinois with a leading Muslim apologist, showing the moral deficiency of the Islamic concept of God and the historical unreliability of the Qur'anic portrait of Jesus.

William Lane Craig vs. James Crossley: "Was Jesus Bodily Raised from the Dead?"
  • A young New Testament scholar takes on Dr. Craig at the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Crossley dates Mark's Gospel to A.D. 40 but nonethless explains his empty tomb narrative as an example of creative Jewish story-writing and takes Jesus' post-mortem appearances to be hallucinatory visions.

William Lane Craig vs. John Dominic Crossan: "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?"
  • A lively debate on the real Jesus, held at historic Moody Church in Chicago and moderated by William F. Buckley, with the co-chairman of the radical Jesus Seminar, featuring a colorful mix of Irish, British, and American accents.

William Lane Craig vs. John Muddiman: "The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus"
  • Dr. Craig's lecture followed by commentary by Oxford University tutor in New Testament Studies John Muddiman, dialogue, and student questions at the meeting of the Theological Society of Oxford University in the spring of 2005.

William Lane Craig vs. John Shook: "Does God Exist?"
  • In this rousing debate before a largely secular audience at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Craig not only defends arguments for God's existence against naturalistic objections, but presses naturalist John Shook to provide a cogent argument for naturalism.

William Lane Craig vs. Keith Parsons: "Why I Am / Am Not a Christian"
  • A very spirited and personal exchange in Dallas, Texas, with a prominent atheist philosopher on the reasons for becoming or not becoming a Christian believer.

William Lane Craig vs. Lewis Wolpert: "Is God a Delusion?"
  • Magnificent Central Hall in the heart of London was packed with 2,200 people to watch this scintillating debate bewtween one of Britain's best known atheists and Dr. Craig. Moderated by the ascerbic BBC commentator John Humphreys, the debate features an entertaining moderated dialogue between the two protagonists.

William Lane Craig vs. Louise Antony: "Is God Necessary for Morality?"
  • Professor Antony, a lapsed Catholic, defends the objectivity of moral values and duties without God and presses the famous Euthyphro Dilemma against divine command morality. The debate not only includes Dr. Craig's instructive response to these criticisms but also contains some revealing personal moments as well.

William Lane Craig vs. Marcus Borg: "Did Jesus Rise Physically from the Dead?"
  • A four-man debate including Darrell Bock and Daryl Schmidt, in which the respective presidents of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Evangelical Theological Society team up against two members of the Jesus Seminar to defend the historicity of Jesus' resurrection.

William Lane Craig vs. Massimo Pigliucci: "Does the Christian God Exist?"
  • A debate at the University of Georgia between the Italian biologist and ardent anti-theist Massimo Pigliucci and William Lane Craig on the question of God's existence, in which they tackle questions like the compatibility of biological evolution with Christian theism, the existence and foundation of moral values, and the implications of modern cosmology for the existence of God.

William Lane Craig vs. Michael Begon: "Is God a Delusion?"
  • Nearly a thousand students at the University of Liverpool in England packed the hall for this debate with a vociferous local professor. There is never dull moment is this lively event.

William Lane Craig vs. Michael Tooley: Is God Real? The Debate
  • In this re-match with a prominent philosopher, Dr. Craig gives an incisive four-point critique of Professor Tooley's complex argument from evil against God's existence. He also defends his traditional array of theistic arguments against Dr. Tooley's carefully prepared attacks.

William Lane Craig vs. Norbert Hörster: "Existiert Gott?"
  • Eine ungewöhnliche und spannende Debatte an der Technische Universität-München mit Schwerpunkt Craigs fünf Gottesbeweise und Hörsters Problem des übels.

William Lane Craig vs. Paul Draper: "The Existence of God?"
  • A debate at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point on whether the arguments for and against the existence of God make it probable that God exists or leave us in agnosticism.

William Lane Craig vs. Paul Kurtz: "Goodness Without God is Good Enough"
  • A debate with a leading humanist hosted by Franklin & Marshall College on whether God is necessary for a sound foundation for morality.

William Lane Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "God and Science"
  • "It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” Albert Einstein. This debate is moderated by William F. Buckley, Jr.

William Lane Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "What Is the Evidence For / Against the Existence of God?"
  • A debate at the Carter Center in Atlanta with one of Britain's most famous and outspoken scientific naturalists.

William Lane Craig vs. Peter Slezak: "Atheism vs. Christianity"
  • The largest audience in recent memory crowded into the elegant Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, for a rare chance to hear this debate with the eminent Australian philosopher Peter Slezak on the question of the existence of God. The debate ranges over such diverse issues as the origin and fine-tuning of the universe, the foundation of moral values, the resurrection of Jesus, the hiddenness of God, and many more.

William Lane Craig vs. R. Gregory Cavin: "Dead or Alive?"
  • A debate before 2,500 people at the University of California, Irvine, providing a defense of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection and a critique of Cavin's novel Twin Theory that post-mortem appearances of Jesus were sightings of Jesus' unknown identical twin brother.

William Lane Craig vs. R. I. G. Hughes: "Christianity vs. Agnosticism"
  • A debate at the University of South Carolina, featuring a defense of theism coupled with a multi-faceted argument for the untenability of agnosticism.

William Lane Craig vs. Richard Carrier: "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?"
  • This much anticipated debate pitted Dr. Craig against the darling of the secular web. The debate features a devastating critique of Carrier's interpretation of Paul's doctrine of the resurrection as involving an exchange of bodies.

William Lane Craig vs. Robert Price: "Did Jesus of Nazareth Rise from the Dead?"
  • A Veritas Forum debate at the Ohio State University with a prominent sceptic, featuring a critique of Price's claim that the belief in Jesus' resurrection is the outgrowth of mythological influences.

William Lane Craig vs. Roy Hoover: "Should We Believe that the Resurrection of Jesus is Historical?"
  • This debate matches Dr. Craig against one of the co-chairmen of the infamous Jesus Seminar. Will the case for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection withstand the critical scrutiny of one of the leading figures of radical New Testament scholarship? Listen and judge for yourself!

William Lane Craig vs. Shabir Ally: "Christianity and Islam"
  • A truly remarkable series of four debates held at four Canadian universities on four different questions. Debate 1: "Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?" (University of Toronto). Ally counters Craig's argument for Jesus' resurrection by defending the apparent death theory with a novel Islamic twist: Jesus was taken down from the cross alive and placed in the tomb, where God assumed him into heaven before he could die. Debate 2: "What Must I Do to Be Saved?" (York University). Craig presents three objections to the Islamic view of salvation, and Ally responds by maintaining that God as described in the Qur’an is no less loving than the God of the Bible and that salvation is easy to obtain on the Islamic view. Debate 3: "The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity" (McMaster University). Craig argues for a Trinitarian concept of God and objects that the Islamic concept involves inadequate doctrines of divine goodness and omnipotence, while Ally argues that the primitive Christian concept of God was Unitarian and that the Islamic conception of God is not morally defective. Debate 4: "Who Is the Real Jesus?: The Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of the Qur'an?" (University of Western Ontario). Craig argues on the basis of standard criteria of authenticity that the historical Jesus had a divine self-understanding, while Ally maintains that personal claims to divinity are inauthentic.

William Lane Craig vs. Shabir Ally: "Hoax or History? On the Physical Resurrection of Jesus Christ"
  • Muslim apologist Shabir Ally and Dr. Craig meet for a re-match on the question of Jesus' resurrection. Their exchange includes a trenchant critique of Ally's revisionist Islam, according to which Jesus was crucified but taken down from the cross alive and placed in a tomb, whence God assumed him directly into heaven.

William Lane Craig vs. Shelly Kagan: "Is God Necessary for Morality?"
  • In this collegial dialogue at Columbia University in New York, Dr. Craig and a prominent ethicist from Yale University discuss whether God is necessary as a foundation for objective moral values and duties.

William Lane Craig vs. Theodore Drange: "Does God Exist? Atheism vs. Christianity"
  • A debate at the University of Illinois offering a critique of Drange's arguments from unbelief and from evil for God's non-existence.

William Lane Craig vs. Torbjorn Tännsjö: "If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?"
  • As the climax of a speaking tour of Swedish universities in the spring of 2001 William Lane Craig met Torbjorn Tännsjö, Sweden's leading ethicist, in Gothenburg to debate the question, "If God is dead, is everything permitted?" Prof. Tannsjo is a hedonistic utilitarian, who believes that the good is whatever brings the greatest pleasure to the greatest number of people and that God has nothing at all to do with morality. Prof. Craig argues that moral values and duties are based in the commands of a holy and loving God and that without God morality becomes wholly subjective. This gripping debate will help you to clarify your own thinking about the basis of moral values.

William Lane Craig vs. Victor Stenger: "Does God Exist?"
  • In this re-match at Oregon State University Dr. Craig responds to Dr. Stenger's most recent criticisms in his books, especially his argument that there is insufficient evidence of God's existence, and defends a Leibnizian cosmological argument and an ontological argument for God's existence.

William Lane Craig vs. Victor Stenger: "Is There a God?"
  • A debate before a packed house at the University of Hawaii with Professor of Physics Victor Stenger in which Craig and Stenger square off on such issues as the Big Bang and the beginning of time, the odds of the fine-tuning of the constants and quantities requisite for life, evil and moral values, religious experience, and many more.

William Lane Craig vs. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: "Do Suffering and Evil Disprove God?"
  • A debate in which an atheist philosopher assumes the burden of proof to show why suffering and evil constitute a disproof of God's existence An expanded version is available in book form as God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist.

William Lane Craig, Alvin Plantinga, Quentin Smith, and Richard Gale: "Science and Religion"
  • A panel of leading thinkers of differing perspectives explores the relationship between science and religion. Includes opening statements, responses, and discussion.